Rivlin sharply criticizes the High Court of Justice ruling stipulating that elections be held in 2006, and not in 2007, "a ruling that determined that the broad interpretation of the intent of the law overrides the wording of the law."
Shahar Ilan is the former Haaretz correspondent for religious affairs. He is now the vice president of research and information for Hiddush, an organization for the promotion of religious tolerance.
The departure of the National Religious Party (NRP) from the coalition brings United Torah Judaism (UTJ) back into coalition negotiations and perhaps also into the opposition negotiations - that is to say, for support from the outside.
The founder of Degel Hatorah, Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Shach, the third anniversary of whose death is marked this week, scrupulously respected the American Diaspora.
Former chief Sephardi rabbi Eliahu Bakshi-Doron warned of a complicated halakhic problem: If a plane carrying a dead body is attached to a boarding bridge, the impurity of the dead will spread throughout the whole terminal.
The surge of reports about Ehud Barak's anticipated return to politics has jarred the memories of Shas insiders. They recall Barak's 1997 first meeting - as newly elected Labor Party chair - with Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
The Council of Torah Sages refuses to comply with the core curriculum specified by the Education Ministry.
According to the president, the secular are not the only innocents compelled by others to act against their will
A series of reforms has seen more sectors and nonprofit associations receiving money from the state according to clear criteria. Much of the credit goes to Amnon De Hartuch.
It is clear to ministers, who know at the outset how little time they might have in office, that they have to transfer as many resources as possible to their own constituencies, and try to promote quickie projects. This is without doubt one of the reasons, if not the primary reason, why long-term planning in Israel is so deficient.
The negotiations between the Likud and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) have reached the point where they are already discussing portfolios. The Likud, MK Avraham Ravitz of UTJ told Haaretz, is offering the Housing and Construction portfolio, headed by a minister or deputy minister from UTJ; a deputy minister in the Ministry of Education who will be responsible for ultra-Orthodox education and another deputy minister.